Pamola Xtra Pale Ale
Baxter Brewing Co.

Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale
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Style:
American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,670
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
80
Ranked #43,809
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 12.46%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
393
From:
Baxter Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  84
SCORE
80
Good
Pamola Xtra Pale AlePamola Xtra Pale Ale
Notes: Brilliant clarity, bright golden in color. Pamola Pours with a nice creamy head and subtle malt and hop aroma. Crisp, clean, effervescent start with a touch of malt character and a balanced bitterness. Hop flavors linger nicely. Finishes clean, crisp and dry with a light body. Pamola is brewed with pure, soft Maine water from Lake Auburn; three different hop varieties, plus domestic and imported “Character” malts provide complexity, color and body while making use of a clean, well attenuating, top-fermenting American ale yeast. The beer is then cold conditioned for a smooth, clean and crisp flavor. This one is extremely drinkable!

27.5 IBU
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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 393
Reviews by Beermaine:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Figueroa Mountain pint glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Price: $1.83
Purchased: July 14, 2015
Consumed: July 17, 2015
Misc.: N/A (couldn’t read BOD stamp)

Poured a yellow, golden, hazy color with four fingers of fluffy, white head, which overtook the glass. Very light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average amount of foamy lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled very malty, getting earthy rye, caramel, Cascade, marmalade, sour fruit, peach, floral and apricot. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste followed the nose, getting those earthy, rye, sour fruit notes. Also marmalade jelly, juicy peach, dark apricot, lemon and more spoiled fruit. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was just an OK pale ale. I wouldn’t have it again on purpose. (Overall - 3.50)

3.52 | 80 | B

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Thunderballroom
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VALIS666
2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Color is a thin yellow gold, just a shade darker than most macros. Smell of grass, stagnant water. Taste is decent though -- light and fizzy with a bit of a malty bite. Ideal for outdoors on a hot day. It's like what I wish a Miller Lite actually tasted like.

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Photo of Mullen2525
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of malfunxion
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Cans to the right of us, cans to left of us, cans in front of us! Pale clarity shines and the head impresses us with each sip as it sticks to the glass. Hint of shortbread, and the spicy citric hop is light but pleasing to the nose. Smooth, with enough crispness to be refreshing. The malt base relies on more subtle depth of a blend of North American 2-row barley and barley grown in Maine. Hint of fruit, but then the hops come in to balance and the dryness pulls the palate quick into its finish. A more restrained yet flavorful and quite drinkable ale—if they were aiming for balance, they nailed their target.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of WanderingFool
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pamola Xtra Pale Ale pours a hazy light amber into the glass, with a small, creamy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind some lines and spots of lace.

The aroma is faint with notes of lemon citrus and hints of pine. A touch of pale malt may be in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy, somewhat watery with a lightly carbonated fizz. The flavor is nicely balanced between lemon citrus and biscuit pale malt. It finishes with a mild flowery bitterness. Once gone the lemon citrus and toasted grain lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking 'any time' beer. Very sessionable and well balanced. It's nice to have a pale ale that's actually a pale ale and not a hop bomb.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - bright orange and yellow in color with a good half-inch of fluffy white head resting on top. Nice looking pour with carbonation levels looking just right.

Aroma - light citrusy notes, cotton candy, caramel malts along with some biscuity aromas. Very balanced aromas. Altogether a fairly "light" smelling brew.

Taste - initial tastes are that of lemon and orange peel, hints of earthy hops, bready/biscuity malts with a crisp, semi-sweet finish. Light and effervescent on the tongue and not too heavy on the palate. Every brewery should try and roll something out that is as easy drinking as this beer.

Overall - Sort of reminds me of a blonde ale with a bit more oomph from the hops. Very easy drinking and very refreshing. I can see this one selling really well during the summers in Maine. If you want something sessionable than here you go!

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Photo of AJ01923
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of trotnixon
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of coachdonovan
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Canning date is awfully hard to read, but I think it says 3/31/11. Disappointing that it's not fresher, considering I just read in BA Magazine that Baxter was having trouble keeping beer on the shelves. Picked up a sixpack at a local deli during a recent visit to Portland. Not crazy about the name or graphics, but let's give this one a whirl.

Straw-colored pour, and it's less hazy than I would expect from the style. White head is very foamy and airy, but it fades quickly to a thin layer. Aroma is weak, but I get more fruit (melon?) than other reviewers along with the bready malt. Taste is smooth, starting out a bit sweet and fruity but drying quickly in the finish with a little bitterness.

This might be the mildest Pale Ale I've ever come across. It almost seems more like an ESB.

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Photo of rEBELlION
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, w/o freshenesss info

Pour: Heavily hazed, darker apricot. Fluffy off white head that exhibits excellent retention. Leaves a frothy film, thick collar and thick sheeting, spots, bands and major blobs of lacing. Nice looking beer.

Somebody mentioned a buttery popcorn note on the nose and this is definatly on point. I dont recall another beer with a popcorn nose! I do also get some leafy, herbal hop notes.

On the palate, I get some herbal hops again, light citric fruit, a hint of smoke perhaps.

Light and refreshing pale ale, perhaps a bit thin and watery, but not bad and fairly enjoyable stuff. Nothing special, but sessionable and likely would be nice on a warm summers day with some cheese, bread and salads.

Nice that more and more decent beers are being canned. Hope this trend continues and continues

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Photo of fosters9
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smcolw
2.81/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two-finger head that leaves a lot of sticky, web-like lace. The liquid is cloudy, dark gold color.

Very mild aroma of predictable malted grain and faded hop bitterness.

First impression is of the thinness of the body and weak grain flavor. The hop bitterness makes up for some of the flaws, but not quite.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of theo871
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance is a light golden, plenty of carbonation with a frothy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass

Smells very sweet, with hints of hoppiness.

Tastes sweet up front, with a dry finish along with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and thin. Classic pale-ale mouthfeel.

Drinkability is where this beer shines. Goes down smooth and is a joy to drink. This beer will be a hit in the summer months, with its portability (maine craft beer in a can, hooray!) and low ABV, this beer will be a hit around the campfire.

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Photo of Omnium
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - hazed yellow with two fingers of really bubbly white head, sporadic lacing.
S - Fresh cut grass, some a little lemongrass, very grainy though.
T - Very grassy, but also kinda soapy, some very light grapefruit traces.
M - Lots of carbonation, almost like a soda, chalky mouthfeel afterward.
O - Kinda let down by this one, lacking in flavor, and the mouth on this one leaves a lot to be desires.

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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of twelvsies
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard a lot of back and forth about this new brewery - finally giving it a shot to see for myself.

Pop the top, pours nice and clear into the pint, a few rising bubbles, making a "crackly" noise, maybe a bit fizzy, but with a good head that retains and laces quite well. Husky grain nose, dusty hops, light whiff of cream - unassertive but very pleasant. Taste follows suit - pale malt base with some subtle hops going on, light and grassy, hay, and nice mellow creamyness underneath. Very smooth down the gullet - almost asking for a bit more of a bitter kick, but very clean and refreshing. What's this "overall" business? Just notice that... Anywho, drinks like a champ and I could easy knock these back all day while grilling, playing softball, showering, whatever... Very pleasantly surprised by this one - for some reason I've heard a lot of negatively charged hubbub but their initial beer has won me over. And it comes in a can!

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Pamola Xtra Pale Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 393 ratings